Talk about an immutable sense of style. Check out the pin in today’s outfit and in my Kindergarten school photo. (Try to focus on the pin and not how dang adorable I once was.) This little gem came from Avon circa 1970, but it’s not too late to snare your own. Not just for looks, it’s practical, too — there’s a glace of perfume inside the head. Just flip up the face, apply, and you’re ready for date night! Sadly, the pin I’m sporting today is not the same one from Kindergarten. The replacement is from Succotash in St. Paul. You should go there. The cool dress is from Lula.
Not that Newton’s theory of motion has been in dispute, but I certainly have re-proved it. That I haven’t been able to roust myself to post my outfits in over a month doesn’t mean they weren’t cute outfits. (They were cute, all right.) And it definitely wasn’t that I was too busy with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. (I eschew both hustle and bustle.) No, the issue is lack of wit and pith. Hey, you try being funny about your dress a few times a week, and see how easy it is. Anyway, I’m breaking my inertia today; hell be damned if this post isn’t funny or meaningful. So, here I am in an awesome vintage (I think from the 60s) dress with those suede boots I’m so fond of. And an AMAZING vintage sherling coat with mink collar and cuffs. Swoon. Everything from Lula, including the necklace and belt.
You may not notice it, but I am wearing some pretty awesome fishnet hose today. Don’t you wish your lawyer wore fishnets? Ok, maybe not, especially if he is a dude. But, there is no disputing they look pretty good with this fantastic 60s shift dress (from Lula — looks Burberry-esque, but it’s not) and AGL boots. I had planned to include a close-up of my legs in the fishnets, but that gave pause to even me. So, no. You’ll have to take my word for it.
Is there less zeal for vintage when you wore it the first go-around? Stated differently, when you are old enough to remember the many lambswool sweaters you wore in the 80s, can you still find joy in wearing this lambswool sweater from the 80s? Answer: resounding yes. And, unlike the 80s, I did not style this lambswool number with multiple strands of fake pearls in a sort of homage to Madonna. (It must have been my churchy upbringing that caused me to substitute pearls for crucifixes. The same reason I never touched my Ouija board post-Exorcist.) That can only be a good thing. Of course, in the 80s, I was not rocking awesome suede boots by Stuart Weitzman, either. Boom!, as my fashion friend, Erin, would say.
For those of you that think nothing good came out of the 80s, take a look at this fantastic Diane Von Furstenberg dress from that decade. I picked up this number just last Friday from Lula Vintage Wear to help combat my end of the season wardrobe malaise. This dress couldn’t be easier to wear — pull it over your head and tie the belt. Done. It’s also a great foil for colorful accessories, like this necklace from StyledLife. And, while the good fashion karma from this dress doesn’t completely off-set the horrific karma from the perm mullett I rocked in the 80s, it is a gigantic step in the right direction.
Today, I have not 100% let up. Even though I phoned it in on this favorite dress, I am rocking it with different bling. I am a huge fan of this particular bling because it achieves that elusive thing: a blend of vintage and comtemporary that works. Here, the vintage piece is the shorter number with the spectacular, beaded tassel. I scored that one at Lula Vintage Wear. The contemporary piece is the longer string of raw emeralds from StyledLife. No mouseburger today for me.
And, yes, that is Joe Biden on my PC behind me — shirtless and waxing his Trans Am. I find it easier to practice law this way.
Old business first: for those of you worried that I am still struggling with the sticky zipper on Tuesday’s dress, rest easy. As it turned out, the dress came off as easily as a prom dress, and there was no walk of shame yesterday. What there was yesterday was a whole lot of cranking out of a motion-to-motion-a-motion-for-a-motion. Who wouldn’t find such work fulfilling? In my zealous advocacy for the client, I neglected to capture yesterday’s ensemble. Or was it my Tourette’s-like cursing that got in the way? Either way, whatever I was wearing was covered in grimy, lawyer grot by day’s end. Good riddance.
Freshly cleaned, today I offer again for your consideration this pretty, pink dress, now with different accessories. Me still likey. Vintage belt (and dress) from Lula Vintage Wear and necklace from StyledLife.
Yes, I love vintage dresses, like this old favorite that you’ve seen before. But, actually wearing vintage (not just admiring it) comes with some work. Today’s dress had to have the hem tacked up before it could be worn, and it apparently needs a new zipper. There is some serious sticking going on with it, and it remains to be seen if I will be able to get out of this thing tonight when I get home. Watch this space tomorrow to see if I have to feature this dress again. A repeat will be unfortunate for me, though. Who wants to do the walk of shame without having had any … er … shame the night before? In fact, I rather prefer calling it the Stride of Pride.
Ok, back to vintage dresses. I have another zipper replacement in the works on a dress you haven’t yet seen. I had the straps shortened on the dress I wore Saturday night; they’re still too long. I had the buttons moved on my Lufthansa stewardess outfit. Twice. And I noticed yesterday (after I had it on) that this lovely number is tearing on the seam at the waist. I wore it anyway because multiple wardrobe changes are reserved for cooler days. The beloved closet is not air conditioned.